Traffic pattern needs an upgrade
From: Evelyn Kampmeyer
Malfunction Junction has now become dysfunctional, not to say what it has done to traffic on the east side of Ritchie Highway.
For these 2,000 residents east of the highway, in addition to the 2,000 shoppers to the Severna Park Mall, there is but one exit turning left for southbound traffic. One major accident blocking an overcrowded McKinsey Road will leave the whole area blocked for access to the south.
Many people do not realize the Arundel Plaza area is surrounded on two sides by the Magothy River and the Cattail and Cypress creeks.
Now the residents are forced to use business parking lots on both sides of Route 2 to access community services that are south of the intersection.
No leadership in Severna Park should be advocating horse-and-buggy driving patterns by its residents in business parking lots. That is exactly what has happened, and the Greater Severna Park Council should be addressing such activity.
A petition drive is showing overwhelmingly that the people want the intersection open with a left turn signal.
For nine months, the State Highway Administration has been more interested in justifying the construction of Route 648 than serving the needs of citizens. Its position to ban traffic from Pasadena on Asbury and Arundel Beach roads is an insult to residents of Pasadena, including my family members living there. Who is SHA to tell citizens on what public roads they can drive?
SHA needs contemporary and visionary leadership in solving this problem. The current configuration finds fire apparatus, school buses, and moving vans cannot negotiate the left turn through the pylons to Arundel Beach Road.
SHA should stop the empirical engineering and do the right job now.
Look closer at McMillen's record
From: Gary P. Bunker
Since deciding to run in the new 1st Congressional District, Representative Tom McMillen has attempted to "moderate" his liberal voting record, particularly on fiscal issues. He has recently cast some votes, however, that demonstrate that his "moderation" is merely a facade.
On July 8, he cast a vote that he probably won't mention during the campaign. On that day, he voted to block a floor vote on an amendment to the District of Columbia appropriations bill that would have blocked the use of federal funds to support the District's domestic partnership law.
What is the District's domestic partnership law? The domestic partnership law allows unmarried city employees to include a "partner" of either sex to be covered under the health insurance plan.
The problem with this law, which McMillen supported with his vote on July 8, is that it undermines that institution of marriage by elevating to its level and legitimizing "live-in" couples, including homosexual relationships. Previously, benefits were granted to married couples and their families because the family PTC was considered a uniquely valuable institution. Under the domestic partnership law, marriage is now only one of many different living arrangements that qualify for the formerly unique benefits.
At one time there were incentives to commit to a marriage. Now, however, the incentives are disappearing as other arrangements share the same benefits. Furthermore, the District's law could be the step toward homosexual marriages. After all, if homosexuals receive the benefits of married couples, then why can't they be married themselves?
Voters who are concerned with the destruction of traditional family institutions should exercise their democratic privilege on election day by booting McMillen out of Congress.
A note of thanks on the carnival
From: Hattie Boyer
Hats off to the Glen Burnie Improvement Association Carnival Committee volunteers, Shaw & Sons Amusement Co., and assorted organizations who made the outing at the carnival possible for the disabled.
It did one's heart good to see people enjoy, perhaps for the first time ever, the fun the rest of us take for granted. The ride attendants even lifted some people from their wheelchairs so they could have the thrill of a carnival ride.
All the participants were treated to the rides, all the food they could hold and games to play with prizes for everyone. . . .
This is the kind of happening that makes me proud to be a resident of Glen Burnie.